Netflix and TikTok on Sunday joined a growing list of companies suspending their services in Russia.
“In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content from our video service while we review the security implications of this law. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected,” TikTok said on Twitter.
The social media service added that they will continue to assess evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when they could fully resume their services with security as their top priority.
Netflix cited “circumstances on the ground” for its decision to suspend its Russian service, but provided no further details.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the regulation, which provides for up to 15 years in prison for “spreading false information” about the war between Russia and Ukraine, numerous Western media outlets such as the BBC, CNN, ZDF and Bloomberg suspended its activities in Russia.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis continue to worsen. According to the New York Times, a Russian force trying to advance on Kyiv fired mortar shells on Sunday at a bridge used by evacuated citizens. It resulted in the deaths of four people, including two children, and added to the growing list of civilian casualties caused by the invasion.
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